Jaisalmer in Jeopardy
About Us
Back to Home
About Jaisalmer
About Jaisalmer
About us
About us
Our achievements
Our achievements
Newsroom, current projects and future events Newsroom, current projects and future events Pressroom and archives
Pressroom and event archive
Contact us
Contact us

Jaisalmer in Jeopardy (JiJ) is a British-registered charity, established in 1996 by writer Sue Carpenter, to raise international awareness and funds to protect and preserve the city’s heritage. It's objects, as written into it's Charity Deeds are 'to secure for the benefit of the public, the preservation and protection of the architectural and historical heritage of Jaisalmer, India, and to educate the public in the history and architecture of the city.

Sue Carpenter (Founder)
Writer, photographer and the charity’s founder Sue first visited Jaisalmer in 1984 but it was during her second trip in 1994 – just after the devastating monsoon of 1993 – that she became aware of the crisis facing Jaisalmer. Her campaign to raise international awareness about Jaisalmer started on her return to Britain and the charity was established in 1996. Achievements during her Chairmanship include:
• Bringing international attention to the plight of Jaisalmer, which led to World Monuments Fund selecting it as one of the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World, and giving it their maximum grant of US$100,000
• Instigating JiJ’s first two projects in the Fort
- the restoration of the Maharani’s Palace, or Rani-ka Mahal, which opened to the public in 2001 as the Jaisalmer Heritage Centre
- the Streetscape Revitalisation Project
• Setting up a programme of lectures and fund-raising events in the UK, raising in excess of 70,000
Mehra Dalton (Chairman)
Managing director of London based Greaves Travel and founder trustee of JiJ, Mehra is committed to the conservation of Indian heritage.
Anwar Siddiqi (Founder Trustee)
An Indian financier and art connoisser who spent his schooldays in Rajhastan, Anwar divides his time between India and the UK.
Veronica Hall (Trustee)
A frequent visitor to India, Veronica is Head of Business Affairs for OR Media, a leading UK independent television production company. Her role within JiJ encompasses fundraising and publicity initiatives.
Robert Falkner (Accountant)
A Chartered Accountant (FCA) Robert is currently a Director of Constellation Avaiation Consulting and has previously held senior financial management positions with British Airways and Ernst and Young.
Radhika Dhumal (Conservation Architect)

Radhika is a Delhi based Conservation Architect who has lived and worked in Jaisalmer where she oversaw the final two phases of the Streetscape Project on behalf of JiJ.
HH The Maharawal of Jaisalmer
As convenor of the Jaisalmer chapter of INTACH, Brij Raj Singh is committed to the conservation of Jaisalmer's splendid architectural heritage.
HH The Maharaja of Jodhpur
One of the first royals to convert his residence, the Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, into a luxury hotel and chairman of INTACH in Rajasthan, he is committed to architectural conservation throughout the state.

  The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage
A non-governmental organisation based in Delhi.
 World Monuments Fund  World Monuments Fund (WMF) is a New York-based non-profit organisation dedicated to preserving and protecting endangered works of historic art and architecture around the world. .

Our work has been made possible largely through the generous support and sponsorship of the following organisations:
Greaves Travel
the specialist tour operators to India, headed by Mehra Dalton, with branches in the UK, USA and Canada. Greaves has helped to sponsor JiJ's events and site visits to Jaisalmer, as well as organised successful tours to Rajasthan in aid of JiJ.

The Staples Trust, a British charitable trust whose grants have financed all phases of the Streetscape Revitalisation Project.
We are also indebted to the following for their support:
India Tourism Office London, British Airways, MF Husain, City Index Ltd, Tracy Kitching and Opium, Standard Chartered Bank, The CAP Foundation, The Manifold Trust, The Oberoi Group, Christie's Cobra Indian Beer, Andy and Arjun Varma of Vama Direct, Joss Graham Oriental Textiles and gallery staff, Navras Records, The Ladies' Wing of the Indian Merchants' Chamber, Bonhams, Maggi Nixon and the Maharaja's Express, and many other individuals and companies who have donated their time, prizes and gifts.

Jaisalmer in Jeopardy selects and commissions its own projects in Jaisalmer. All money it sends to India is earmarked for specific projects. It does not hand out unaccounted funds to any government department or non-governmental organisation.

In accordance with its Charity Deeds, its work is confined to buildings and sites in urgent need of restoration. It considers projects that are intended for social and educational use. It is not able to make private grants. The system works as follows:  

*  JiJ identifies an area that is in urgent need of restoration or related attention

* JiJ commissions an India-based architect to undertake a survey where necessary and cost the project 

* JiJ makes sure the costing is sound and viable before commissioning the project 

* In accordance with Charity Commission and Companies House regulations, we produce yearly accounts at the end of March, 10 months after the end of our financial year on 31 May.